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On our first full day in Antigua, Team Tysse gathered at 7:00 AM for our morning meeting and devotional. Pastor Jason began with a reading from Psalm 1: 1-3.

He challenged us to focus on these scriptures and to meditate on God’s word and His call for us to reflect His love to others.

After the devotional we spent a few minutes going over the day’s details and some general safety precautions, followed by breakfast.

Our team walked to Casa de Fe where we were given an informational tour of the facility. Casa de Fe provides accommodations and care for the surgical patients both before surgery and during their recovery time. Each patient is also allowed to bring one family member with them during their stay. Many of the surgical patients must travel a long way to reach the hospital, some spend over ten hours on a bus. It may take several days before it is safe for the patients to travel back to their homes after surgery. They receive excellent loving care during their time at Casa de Fe.

Felipe, the Village Director, did a wonderful job summarizing the Faith In Practice Organization’s programs. He explained how each of the programs work together to offer the people of Guatemala a more complete health care experience. The programs include Village teams that go out into the different Departments (states) and set up clinics that offer adult medicine,  pediatrics, dental, audiology, wheelchair/mobility clinics, woman’s health care, cervical cancer screening and treatment, and triaging patients for our surgical teams. Over Faith In Practice’s 25 years in existence, the organization has put together the infrastructure to deliver life changing health care to Guatemalans.

We anticipate the 2020 Tysse team will see over 2,000 patients this week. Our prayer is for each patient and family member to feel the love of Christ through our effort to improve their health.

This week as we serve the Guatemalan people, we will strive to be “like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither”.

Psalm 1: 3.

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